This a Rotary Magazine Printing Press, manufactured by C. B. Cottrell & Sons, New York, USA in 1914. It printed from stereotype plates.
Letterpress is a term used to define the process of printing from a raised surface, be it type or block. The term takes it origins from the act of pressing a letter onto another substance, usually paper.
Sterotype is a type of printing plate used in letterpress, newspaper, and other high-speed press runs.
Stereotyping is a process in which a whole page of type is cast in a single mold so that a printing plate can be made from it. Until the invention of the stereotype, printing type had to be reset if a second printing was to be made.
The press was used by the Victorian Government Printing Office. It was ordered on 14 November 1913 and installed in February 1915.
125 separate parts
Donation from Victoria: Government Printing Office, 07/1977
Serial Number 10173
Type of item
2900 mm (Length), 2000 mm (Width), 1800 mm (Height)
Dimensions of main frame. There are 125 separate parts.
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